The Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are both highly effective at preventing over-80s from being admitted to hospital, according to a new study. Researchers in Bristol found that 14 days after one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, it was 79.3% effective at preventing people in that age group from developing symptomatic illness severe enough to be admitted. For AstraZeneca 's COVID-19 jab, the effectiveness was 80.4%. Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world What EU leaders said about AstraZeneca vaccine - and the data forcing a rethink The study tallies up with the Public Health Scotland (PHS) and Public Health England (PHE) reports released in February and on Monday respectively. Advertisement Professor Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics and chief investigator of the study at the University of Bristol, said his team took a different approach, using a smaller geographical area and … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines ‘highly effective’ at preventing hospital admissions in over-80s, study finds
A businesswoman who embroidered two royal wedding gowns fears losing her home after receiving little Government help. Chloe Savage's business has been devastated by coronavirus lockdowns and she has vowed to never vote Tory again. The expert needleworker embroidered wedding dresses for both Meghan Markle 's wedding to Prince Harry and Kate Middleton's nuptials with Prince William. The wedding industry has been in despair as ceremonies were cancelled during the year of restrictions. Ms Savage, 43, worked on the Duchesses' wedding gowns - including Kate’s blue silk and white lace garter. She says she fears losing her home after being given almost no support from the Government since the start of the pandemic. The needleworker, who was recently admitted to hospital with Covid, said she had received only a £1,000 Government grant in November. Follow the latest Budget 2021 news and updates live here The amount barely covered her business running costs for two … [Read more...] about Budget 2021: Royal wedding dressmaker still fears losing home after business devastated
Forget a cuppa and toast, over in California new mothers are sipping lactation tea and considering making their placentas into chocolate truffles. Having given birth to one-year-old son Archie in London, Meghan Markle will have rather a different experience as she prepares to welcome her second child in her native California. Now model Caprice Bourret has offered the mum-to-be some advice on what she can expect from the birthing experience in the state, where there a multiple private hospitals offering services you might associate more with a fancy hotel or spa than a medical stay. Meghan has of course already experienced a private birth, welcoming her first child at London's exclusive Portland Hospital, which for an estimated cost of £20,000 offers lobster dinners, champagne-on-demand and four-poster baby cots. While that might already seem extravagant, over in California the sheer number of private hospitals means they have to compete to offer even more. Caprice chose … [Read more...] about Caprice on Meghan Markle’s California birth experience: Massages and placenta truffles
Here are the key points from Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget speech: • Economy expected to return to pre-COVID levels by the middle of next year, six months earlier than previously thought • GDP growth forecast for this year downgraded to 4% (from 5.5%) according to Office for Budget Responsibility • Unemployment expected to peak at 6.5% • Forecasts show government borrowing reaching £355bn in 2020/21, of 17% of the national income - the highest level since the Second World War. For 2021/22 it climbs to £234bn, 10.3% of GDP. • Debt is set to peak at 97.1% of GDP in 2023-24. • An additional £65bn in spending in response to coronavirus takes total fiscal support to £407bn • £1.6bn will go towards continuing the vaccine roll-out and improving future preparedness • Chancellor confirms furlough scheme will be extended until the end of September, with the government paying 80% of salary though employers will asked to put in 10% from July and 20% from August • Help for … [Read more...] about Budget 2021 key points: What was announced in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s speech?
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced several measures to support people affected by COVID-19 lockdowns. Much of Wednesday's budget (summed up here ) focused on the pandemic, with some schemes being extended and some new ones introduced to the tune of an extra £65 billion, bringing the total spend on COVID-19 since March 2020 into the next financial year to £407bn. Here are all the COVID -related announcements: Furlough Mr Sunak has extended the furlough scheme to 30 September. It was due to expire at the end of April after starting last March when the crisis began. Wages for millions who are unable to work due to the restrictions will continue to have up to 80% of their salary subsidised by the government, with a maximum of £2,500 a month. This will gradually be lifted, with the government reducing its contribution to 70% from July and employers having to pay 10% for hours not worked. In August and September, the government will pay 60% and employers 20%. … [Read more...] about Budget 2021: What COVID-19 support measures were announced and extended?